Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Question of the Week

I want a girl with the right allocations who is fast, thorough and sharp as a tack...
'I wouldn't go near him with a bargepole--whatever that means.'
'But you'll marry...'
'Oh, I expect so.  And think how pleased my husband will be to have a wife who makes her own clothes.'
An Independent Woman

Though this book was published in 2001, I expect that old habits died hard for The Great Betty.  I married in 1998 and the Mijnheer van Voorhees wouldn't have known what to say if my mother reassured him that I made all my own clothes.  (Which I don't...) I do know two or three women who do regularly make their own clothes--really lovely ones with all kinds of detail that China (isn't everything made there?) has long-since abandoned in the interests of economy.  But, as lovely as the clothes are, I would be willing to bet that the husbands, to a man and for all their pride/approval/resignation, find the hobby neither particularly thrifty nor contained nor a small slice of life. 

Question:  What awesome skills (beyond getting a smart looker who is handy in the kitchen and has a 401k the likes of which a miser would envy) do you think a fella would be pleased to get?